Fueling your body for a workout is often as important as what you eat after exercising. Pre-workout food improves performance, helps with recovery, and increases muscle growth. What’s not to love? However, many of us don’t have time to sit down and cook a healthy meal before our workouts. Whether we’re exercising before work in the morning or during our lunch break, having a pre-workout snack makes a big difference.
Here are some of the best pre-workout snacks to get the most out of your time at the gym!
What fruit lacks in protein it makes up for in helpful vitamins and nutrients. Fruit like bananas have the carbohydrates needed to fuel your workout, plus potassium to prevent muscle cramps! Not only is eating fruit quick and easy, but a piece of fruit is also light enough that it won’t slow you down during your workout. Add something like peanut butter to your apple or banana to add some extra protein to your healthy snack.
Fuel For Fire Smoothie Pouches
It doesn’t get easier than carrying a pre-workout pouch with you to the gym. There are great tasting flavors to choose from and they’re made with real fruit! Not only does this provide a little variety to your pre-workout snack, but they’re incredibly convenient. Take the Mixed Berry flavor for example. With 10+g of protein in each pouch, you’ll receive the muscle-building benefits from protein powder and nutrients from fruit.
Bringing a smoothie pouch is perfect for on-the-go workout sessions or busy morning breakfasts.
As long as you watch out for the more sugary bars, granola bars are another convenient option. Quick, easy, and sometimes packed with protein, you can’t go wrong with granola. If you want to make sure you’re choosing a healthy option, make your own! There are great recipes available for protein-packed granola bars. Creating your own recipe allows you to have more control over your macros, plus you can add your favorite flavors!
If you struggle with having something in your stomach before your workout, you can still get the protein and nutrients you need with chocolate milk! You can mix it with protein powder or just have a glass before driving to the gym. It’s lighter than a shake and won’t fill you up, so you can enjoy a meal when you’re done with your workout. You can also blend it with a Fuel For Fire Banana Cocoa pouch for a protein-packed smoothie during the warmer months.
Like chocolate milk, this protein-rich food is great for pre-workout snacking, as long as you don’t overdo it. It can be heavy and acidic, so adding things like fruit, granola, or chia seeds allows you to eat less, but still feel energized. Consider yogurt as a base for smoothies or just top it with other pre-workout snacks. Opt for fat-free Greek yogurt when you can as it’s the healthiest option!
Fuel For Fire creates healthy snacks that are perfect for enjoying before a workout. Enjoy our smoothie pouches as a pre-workout energy boost or just as a delicious snack! Use our store locator to find our products in stores or shop from our website!